· The District has added five new Wilderness areas in recent years, and the staff would be glad to explain where those areas are located.
· Winter Forest visitors are always advised to dress appropriately, bring along emergency items such as chains, snow tires, a shovel, a first-aid kit, blankets, extra food/water, and tell trusted parties their expected cutting location and departure/return times.
Directions to cutting areas and applicable maps may be obtained at the Ely office or by calling 775-289-3031. Information regarding regulations and conditions for retrieving trees are attached to the permit, such as:
· Cutting only white fir or pinyon pine;
· Cutting at least 50 feet from a road;
· Leaving a maximum of a four-inch stump (above the ground, not the snow surface);
· Cutting only whole trees under 15-feet tall; and,
· Scattering all slash.
Learn more about this release by calling the Ely Ranger District at 775-289-3031.
Forest Service Christmas Tree Permits Available in Elko and Wells
ELKO and WELLS, Nevada…Christmas is fast approaching and tree cutting permits are now available at your local Forest Service offices. Permits are $5.00 per tree, with a limit of 5 trees per family. Permits will be available for sale until Friday, December 21, 2012.
Permits for cutting trees on the Ranger Districts on Mountain City, Jarbidge, and Ruby Mountains can be purchased at the Elko Forest Service Office at 2035 Last Chance Road in Elko. Permits for the Ruby Mountains and Jarbidge Ranger Districts can be purchased at 140 Pacific Avenue in Wells.
Office hours at both locations are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Permits are also available by mail as long, as a check or money order is included, and made out to USDA Forest Service.
Mountain City Ranger District Christmas tree permits may also be obtained in Owyhee at:
Our Grocery Store
Owyhee, NV 89832
Store hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Mountain Standard Time.
Jarbidge Ranger District Christmas tree permits are also available in Twin Falls at:
Sawtooth National Forest Headquarters Office
2647 Kimberly Road East
Twin Falls, NV 83301
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mountain Standard Time.
Cutting locations and directions for may be obtained directions at the issuing office. Forest Service permits allow the cutting of pinyon pine or juniper in the Ruby Mountains south of Harrison Pass and on the south end of the East Humboldt range, in the Outhouse Draw or Arizona Springs cutting units; sub-alpine fir, pinyon pine, or juniper on the Mountain City Ranger District north of Elko; or, subalpine fir in the Jarbidge area, also north of Wells.
When heading out for your Christmas tree, remember to prepare for the unexpected. Emergency equipment and supplies such as chains, snow tires, a first-aid kit, blankets, and extra food and water are recommended for winter traveling. Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return time.
Both the Elko and Wells Forest Service offices will be closed Thursday, November 22, 2012. Learn more about this release by contacting Tracie Winfrey at 775-738-5171.